# Labouchere Roulette System

The Labouchere roulette system is a slightly more complex system that may require some practice to get used to. It’s a strategy with which you dictate the rules before you start playing because it is you that decides how much you bet and how long you play.

This is an even chance betting system so it can be used on red/black, odd/even and 1-18/19-36. It can’t be used elsewhere on the table because the math wouldn’t add up.

You construct a “betting line” where the numbers dictate the amount of your bet, while the length dictates how long you place bets. This is the sequence of a simple Labouchere betting line (it is up to you).

It is a very simple line with which you keep the bets as low as possible. Once you have your line, you take the number from the left hand side of the line and the number from the right hand side of the line and add them together. This gives you the number that you need to bet.

Using the line above, the left hand number and right hand number added together give 2, so your first bet is 2. If you win, you cross both left and right hand numbers of your line, that now looks like this:

One of the two golden rules with the Labouchere is that after a win you always cross left and right hand numbers of the line. Once you’ve crossed them, you add the new left and right hand numbers together and the result is the next betting number. You repeat this process until there’s no numbers left in your line. At this point you need to walk away, or just build yourself a new line.

### What Do You Do After A Loss?

When the bet is lost, you don’t cross numbers. Instead you add the number that you have just placed as a bet to the right hand side. Using the above line as an example, and if you lose your first bet of 2, your line would then look like this:

This is the second golden rule for the Labouchere, always add the number you’ve just bet to the right hand side of the line after a loss and don’t cross any numbers. Now let’s go through an example of playing through to the end of a betting line. The line that we use as example is a slightly more complicated one:

**Bet 1:** 1 + 2 = 3 so the bet is 3. We place a bet of 3 and lose. After that the line looks like this:

**Bet 2:** 1 + 3 = 4 so the bet is 4. We place a bet of 4 and win. After that the line looks like this:

**Bet 3:** 3 + 2 = 5 so the bet is 5. We place a bet of 5 and win. After that the line looks like this:

**Bet 4:** 4 + 1 = 5 so the bet is 5. We place a bet of 5 and lose. After that the line looks like this:

**Bet 5:** 4 + 5 = 9 so the bet is 9. We place a bet of 9 and win. After that the line looks like this:

**Bet 6:** 2 + 1 = 3 so the bet is 3. We place a bet of 3 and win. The line is now complete.

When you get to the end of your betting line your profit will be the total of all the numbers added together from the original betting line. So with the above line that we used, your total win would be as follows:

It doesn’t matter how many wins or loses you get along the way, as long as you get to the end of your betting line, and your profit is the total of the original betting line, which is added together.

**Remember the two golden rules:**

After winning always cross the left and right hand numbers off your line.

Don’t cross any numbers off and add the number that you’ve just bet to the right hand side after a loss.

### Upside To The Labouchere

The calculations add up finely provided that you stick to the system. If you win as much as you lose, you are in profit.

### Downside To The Labouchere

There is a problem with the Labouchere. If you experience a losing run, your line gets increasingly longer and your betting amounts will keep increasing. The only way to get the numbers back down is with a winning run. An enormous downside is that once the bets get big, they remain that way until a prolonged winning streak in order to bring them back down.